Woman hits, runs, remains on the loose
August 30, 2004
Authorities on the California and Nevada side of Lake Tahoe are looking for a white Ford Escort with a smashed front window and dents to the side after its driver allegedly hit two vehicles and ran from a deputy.
The incident occurred Saturday at 11 p.m. A deputy was stationed on Stateline Avenue when he saw the Escort crash into two parked vehicles and continued moving in slow traffic. The deputy pursued the car on foot crossing into California, said Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Mezzetta.
At a point in which the car was stopped in traffic, the deputy moved in to the side of the car and told the female occupant to give up. The driver accelerated and traveled about 20 feet and came to a stop, Mezzetta said.
The deputy then moved to the front of the car, demanded the driver get out and cracked the windshield open with a flashlight, receiving cuts to his hands and arm. The driver then sped away. The incident is being investigated by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department and if caught the driver faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run, and eluding a police officer.
The driver is described as a white female, 27 years of age, with medium length brown hair. To report any information regarding the accident, call South Lake Tahoe police at (530) 542-6110.
In other news: A man was sent to the hospital for a concussion after losing control of the boat he rented and crashing into another boat. The accident happened at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
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The man, Doug Stadler, 19, of Fallon was driving a rented 2001 Yamaha FX140, when for an unknown reason, he began to accelerate in a low wake area, crashing into a 2004 Cobalt, driven by Jeff Drazan, 46, of Atherton, Calif., Mezzetta said.
Stadler suffered a concussion and his two other occupants both were ejected from the boat, one receiving a broken nose. Drazan was uninjured and his boat received some cosmetic damage, Mezzetta said, while the Yamaha received major damage.
No charges were filed in the accident.
Meanwhile, a South Lake Tahoe bicyclist run over by the front right tire of an auto parts truck last week was listed in fair condition Monday by Washoe Medical Center.
Greg Howey, 35, was transported by helicopter from Barton Memorial Hospital to the Reno hospital after the accident Thursday. afternoon east of Tahoe Keys Boulevard. He suffered a cut to his mouth and internal injuries.
Howey was riding a Specialized road bicycle westbound on Highway 50 when he collided with the truck. The driver, James Martell, 55, has not been cited by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department but an investigation has not been completed.
– Tribune staff writer Greg Crofton contributed to this report.